Devils put it All Together in Rout of Huskies

It is getting to be a habit for the Arizona State Sun Devils. On Friday and Saturday in the Pac 10, it is Mike Leake and Josh Spence time. Leake took care of business last night and on Saturday afternoon at Husky Ballpark, Spence followed suit. The lefty struck out a career-high 14 in eight innings to lead the Devils to a 12-1 rout of Washington.

With the win, ASU (22-5, 7-1 Pac 10) now has won three straight Pac 10 series to start conference play. It also marked the 600th victory at ASU for head coach Pat Murphy, second most in school history.

Carlos Ramirez got the Devils on the board with a home run to left to lead off the second, his second straight game with a homer. ASU's clutch two out hitting carried over from Friday as Drew Maggi got his big day started with a two-out RBI single to left to score Andy Workman to make it 2-0 Devils.

ASU increased their lead to 3-0 in the third off of Husky starter Ben Guidos. Jason Kipnis led off with a single and was bunted to second by Riccio Torrez. After Kipnis stole third, Ramirez drove him in with an RBI groundout to second.

Washington (10-17, 1-4 Pac 10) cut into the lead in the bottom half of the third, but it would be the only run of the day they would get against Spence and it was unearned. Kyle Conley reached on an infield single with one away and moved up to second on a single to left by Pierce Rankin.

Aaron Russell hit a ground ball to Maggi at short, who flipped to MacPhee for the out at second, but the throw got away from Riccio Torrez at first and the error allowed Conley to score and make it 3-1.

Zack MacPhee would make up for that error just a half inning later. After Matt Newman singled to lead off the inning, the freshman launched his second home run of the season over the left field fence to build the Devils' lead to 5-1.

Newman was the igniter of another inning in the sixth, this time leading off with a double. MacPhee sacrificed Newman to third and Drew Maggi brought him in with a single back up the middle to make it 6-1. Riccio Torrez would add an RBI single in the frame to stretch it to 7-1.

The Devils would pile it on in the 9th, scoring five times to salt it away. Ramirez led off with a walk and after a strike out, Johnny Ruettiger was hit by a pitch to put two on. MacPhee drew a walk to load the bases and Maggi singled to score Ramirez.

With the bases still loaded Raoul Torrez was hit by a pitch to force in a run and a passed ball scored another. Jason Kipnis capped the inning with a double down the right field line that scored two more and made it 12-1.

Spence improved to 6-0 on the season with his eight innings. The Australian didn't allow an earned run and struck out 14. Jordan Swagerty pitched the ninth for ASU.

Sophomore Ben Guidos picked up the loss for Washington, allowing five runs in 3 2/3 innings. Jason Erickson, Paul Dickey and Jacob Clem each allowed two earned runs.

Drew Maggi led the offensive attack for ASU as the freshman went 3-5, drove in three and scored two runs. Jason Kipnis also had three hits for the Devils and drove in two runs. Matt Newman and Zack MacPhee each had two hits, while MacPhee and Ramirez drove in a pair.

ASU will try to complete the sweep of the Huskies tomorrow afternoon at Husky Ballpark. First pitch on Sunday is at 12PM. Neither team has announced a starting pitcher for Sunday, ASU could come back with Seth Blair on short rest or start Matt Neman, Mitchell Lambson or Jason Franzblau.


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